South Sudan: Juba Teaching Hospital Support
Completed Maintenance Work Eliminates Health Hazards: Q1 2017
June 18, 2017
Dr. Taban Martin Vitale and Richard Anyama
Summary of Activities
RMF’s Health Systems Strengthening Project, focused on Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH), has achieved the following milestones during this reporting quarter through our committed partnership with the National Ministry of Health, JTH administration, and JTH staff:
- Supplied pharmaceuticals with the donation from Direct Relief International.
- Refurbished the broken septic tank for Juba Teaching Hospital.
- Repaired and fixed leaking sink/tap in the Maternity ward.
- Improved RMF’s Juba storage facility.
- Supported the hospital’s human resource capacity by providing one RMF registered nurse, now serving in the Gynecology department.
- Continued to support RMF cleaners attached to the Surgical Emergency unit to supplement the few cleaners maintained by the Ministry of Health (MOH).
- Procured and provided adequate cleaning materials for the Surgical Emergency unit to keep the wards clean.
- Planned to continue supporting the high-speed Wi-Fi internet service at RMF’s office and the Maternity ward.
- Continued monitoring and mentorship of trained healthcare professionals on the usage of Health eVillages tablets.
- Facilitated and coordinated meetings with the MOH, UN agencies, and partners on how to improve services at Juba Teaching Hospital (JTH).
- Conducted needs assessments in the Obstetrics and Gynecology wards for RMF support.
Supply of Pharmaceutical Drugs
Improved Patient Care
The supply of pharmaceuticals for Juba Teaching Hospital (thanks to Direct Relief International’s support) has supplemented gaps, improving patient care and lifting the burden from patients who had to purchase some prescribed treatments from private clinics.
Maintenance Work Completed
Reduced Risk of Infection
Maintenance work on the Maternity ward sink/tap has reduced the risk of infection and wasted water. Also, the renovation work on the broken hospital septic tank has reduced WASH-related infections and is eliminating a public health hazard.
Aiding the Gynecology Department
RMF supported one registered nurse, posted in the Gynecology department by Juba Teaching Hospital’s management, to bridge the staffing gap in the unit and share her expertise.
Juba Teaching Hospital, the only referral hospital in the whole country of South Sudan, is located in its capital Juba, Central Equatoria State. With an estimated population of 10.16 million basing on annual population growth of 3% from a population census conducted in 2008 and lack of proper functioning primary health care facilities upcountry, many South Sudanese have nowhere to go to but this national referral hospital. Military and police hospitals, if any, are non-functional country wide, forcing soldiers and officers to share the limited facilities with civilians.
Juba Teaching Hospital is directly funded by the central government through the National Ministry of Health, and supported by Real Medicine Foundation, Medical Mission International, UN agencies and other NGOs. Our overarching goal is to improve the quality and sustainability of medical and surgical services provided at Juba Teaching Hospital.
- Improve patient wards and build infrastructure within Juba Teaching Hospital starting with the Pediatric wards.
- Assist in improving conditions for providing health care at Juba Teaching Hospital, including the policies and management of regular and medical waste.
- Rehabilitate and/or purchase new medical equipment.
- Provide basic medical supplies, disposables and pharmaceuticals for the Pediatric Department, complementing those provided by the Ministry of Health.
- Organize on-site clinical training, beginning with general equipment usage.
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- Direct project beneficiaries are approximately 444,680 people living in Juba and the immediate surrounding areas.
- Students from JCONAM, Juba Nursing School, Juba Health Science Training Institute, the Central Equatoria School of Nursing/Midwifery, and the Juba University College of Medicine are also direct beneficiaries of this project since they all do their clinical practice in Juba Teaching Hospital.